Lotus Flowers

Our Lotus Collection takes botanical art to the next level.  These florals are stunningly colorful and painstakingly-handcrafted bouquets of awesomeness.

Gorgeous Wayfinding

We’ve created quite a collection of custom Lotus flowers for healthcare facilities.  Our steel florals offer fabulous wayfinding for  hospitals!

Beautiful for Retail and Residential

Renee Taylor Gallery and Renee Taylor Jewelry in Sedona both represent the collection.

Killer to Create

Peter hand draws each layer out on the steel and takes a plasma cutter to his outline.  He pounds each layer into shape and imbues depth with a grinder.  Each flower has multiple layers and every petal is individually cut, worked and painted.  He paints and clear coats both sides of each layer – a long process!  To increase efficiency on this step, he designed a rotisserie type contraption.  He bolts each steel petal to the rotisserie, paints one side, turns the rotisserie and paints the other side.  Same process for spraying the protective clear coat.  When everything is dry, the layers are screwed together to form a lush flower with a custom-designed hanging system in the back.

Love!

It’s hard to let these beauties go!

Floral steel sculpture by Peter Skidd

Our biggest Lotus yet

This is the 3.5 foot Lotus hanging in Renee Taylor Jewelry in Sedona – it became the blue/purple one on the wall there.

Get One

We have more info online and you can find a fresh bouquet from our Lotus Collection at our November 2016 open house event in Scottsdale, Arizona.  You can also check them out in Sedona or just contact us to order if your not in the area.

Recent Hospital Projects

Healthcare Design Magazine just featured two of Peter’s latest healthcare art projects in their September 2015 edition.

Nature Art for Hospitals

The first project was a commission by a Georgia hospital for custom pieces from Peter’s nature collection, “Fig” (see bottom right photo).  We love how they look on the blue wall!  The leaves measure about 21″ and are customizable in terms of color and dimensions, making them an easy choice for healthcare designers and art specifiers.

Skidd hospital sculpture

Religious Art for Hospitals

A series of custom steel wave sculptures was requested for a medical facility in Illinois (photo bottom left gives a glimpse of the installation).  This client wanted the seven days of creation abstracted along vertically installed waves of steel.
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Medical facilities gravitate toward requests for nature art but our biggest project was actually custom religious/nature art for a hospital.  The project below was for St. Francis hospital and Peter designed the heavenly reaching tree and birds and three waves for the three orders of St. Francis.

tree bird art for hospitals

Commissions have also come through for abstract work on steel – bright, high-impact art is great for way finding through the hospital maze.

Skidd art for healthcare

Nature Sculpture for Hospitals

Think back…the last time you were at the doctor or in any healthcare environment, did you notice the art?

Heathcare facilities are making a big push to use visual distractions to help soothe patients and visitors.  Evidence Based Design is a new field of study and an area that everyone can weigh in on.  Does the artwork at heathcare facilities help to calm you?  Can art take your mind off a stressful experience?  Does having nature or an artistic representation of nature provide therapy for your spirit?

Well, we’re going all-out to do our part in making your hospital stay a little more pleasant.

While Peter creates a lot of abstract sculpture, he also specializes in nature art for healthcare facilities.  Under the design direction of an art consultant, Peter was commissioned to create three large-scale floral sculptures and a dozen accompanying painted steel butterflies for a healthcare environment.

The project included two of these nine-foot waves and one complimentary six-foot wave:

hospital floral art large scale

The back of the waves even makes cool silhouette art (and shows how simple Peter’s welded hanging system is).

Twelve complimentary butterflies accompanied the steel waves.  Sizes on these ranged from four to eight inches.  Intending the butterflies to be installed in a natural looking flurry, Peter designed them to be hung in a variety of positions – some meet the wall with their right wing, some with their left, and others are installed at the center of the sculpture.

butterfly art

Peter always includes the necessary hardware with his shipments – on this project, he actually painted the screw heads and integrated them into the design.

butterfly sculptures colorful

The project was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and we hope it helps someone feel a little lighter – a little more at peace.

 

Find out more about Healthcare Evidence Based Design at The Center for Health Design.

Outdoor Friendly Art

All of Peter’s metal sculpture is outdoor friendly.

We’ve placed his metal art in exterior entryways and used his sculpture to enhance porches and gardens – it’s also an amazing poolside art feature.

UV Protective Coating

If Peter knows a particular piece is for outdoor use, he’ll give it a double layer of his UV stabilized clear coat.  The clear coating that gives his work its signature shine is actually the same product used to protect and give shine to the outer layer of cars and airplanes.

Installing Outdoor Art

Peter installs his work into brick, stucco, and stacked stacked stone walls.  He’s kind of a nerd about the proper tools and hardware for these more difficult installations.

Bolting Sculpture into Concrete

For his free-standing metal sculptures, Peter welds on a hefty base, and if needed, can bolt the sculpture right into the concrete.  The red wavy sculpture below is actually bolted into a dedicated concrete slab hidden within the planter.

Custom Outdoor Sculpture

Peter specializes in custom art so if we don’t have the size or color you need just contact us to discuss and get a quick quote.

 

Healthcare Art

Peter was asked to design large-scale signature artwork for a hospital lobby in Indianapolis.  It was a big project and the deadline tight so the designers called their go-to Artist.  Peter came up with an idea, revised per hospital input and delivered second-to-none, stunning steel artwork to add warmth and interest to a state-of-the art healthcare facility.

 

Planning

He collaborated with a team of designers and art consultants along with the hospital board and staff to design prominent hospital lobby artwork spanning several stories.  Peter’s task was to create a piece that reflected the hospital’s namesake, St. Francis.

The process to design, create and install a multi-story piece of hospital art for a site across the country is a lengthy one.  Peter chatted with the designers through Skype, emails, phone consultations and site visits.

Research

What do we know about St. Francis?  Can we celebrate a cherished saint in a universally appealing way?  Is there a way to calm nervous hospital patients and visitors with art?  Researching the topic of St. Francis led Peter to discover that, according to Paschal Robinson, St. Francis’ “characteristic gift” was the saint’s “far-reaching, all-embracing sympathy.”   Peter represented the saint’s sympathy for all creation using suspended birds and a heavenly reaching tree.  The three waves of steel are symbols of Francis’ three vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity along with his three religious orders.

Building & Painting

The size of the sculpture demanded that Peter first build a scaffolding structure to hold the steel at various stages of production.  Once the sculpture was built and the painstaking, backbreaking, endless hours of work were finally complete, Peter transported the sculpture to his Scottsdale art show.  His show runs from January through March so he painted the days away while chatting with show guests.

Shipping & Installation

When the sculpture was complete, we hired a crating company to package and ship the monumental sculpture.  Since the entire steel tree dismantles into 6 separate pieces, the 16’x15′ sculpture and accompanying steel birds were able to be crated together.  Designers & art consultants usually have their own installation team but for this project, Peter flew to Indianapolis for the installation.

Similar Work

Such a cool piece breeds more cool pieces in the same genre.  Peter builds custom pieces based off the original hospital sculpture.  Here’s a recent commission he’s in the middle of painting.

Nature wave by Peter Skidd